Russia Destroys 30 Tons of Seized Belarusian Pears

Russia’s food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has destroyed almost six tons of illegally sold pears from Belarus on Wednesday, after 25 tons were already disposed of on Tuesday, Charter 97 reports.

On December 31, Rosselkhoznadzor destroyed almost six tons of pears at the range near the village of Shchitniki, which it had seized a day earlier, the report said.

According to the official page of the agency, the fruit of unknown origin was imported into Russia from the territory of Belarus, bypassing the official phytosanitary checkpoints.

On December 24, Smolensk customs officers detained two more shipments of pears. One of them, of more than 20 tons, had been imported from Russia under the guise of chemical substances. The second one, about 5 tons, was imported bypassing the phytosanitary checkpoints.

On April 12 last year, the Russian side introduced a temporary ban on the import of pears and apples from Belarus after regular detentions of Belarusian trucks with fruit that had been bypassing the phytosanitary inspection. According to, Russia believes that enterprises from Belarus supply them with sanctioned products under the guise of Belarusian ones.

Rosselkhoznadzor said last week that during the monitoring of crop production imported into the Russian Federation in the first 11 months of 2019, it registered more than 6,000 violations.

According to the watchdog, 9.75 million tons and 2.3 billion pieces of regulated products were inspected. At the same time, 46 species of quarantine objects were detected in 6096 cases.

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